The best cars, SUVs, and crossovers we drove in 2020

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Like most of us, 2020 turned out quite differently than we might have expected back in January. By the end of February, it was clear that COVID-19 was going to be a serious problem as auto shows and drive events started being cancelled en masse. But our local press fleets have remained in operation, and a calendar free of travel has meant more time to test cars here at home. Luckily, sitting in a car by one’s self meets the requirements for social distancing, and a car interior can be a welcome change from spending all day every day at home.

All that means we’ve managed to test drive a respectable amount of new vehicles despite the new realities. These are the highlights of a year spent behind the wheel.

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs

Just under half (15 out of 32) of the cars I reviewed this year were hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or battery electric vehicles. I logged the most miles in one of the more exotic hybrids on the list—the Acura NSX supercar. Ohio to Florida in three days remains a memorable trip, but it was hard work. Runner-up would be the Toyota Venza that took us to Cooperstown, New York and back in a day. Unlike the NSX, the Venza had very comfortable seats and adaptive cruise control. This plush crossover was one of my unexpected delights of the year.

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January 9, 2021